Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats (1979)

     Being the first real Industrial band, Throbbing Gristle has lasted as the most important electronic music innovators of all time.  First starting out in 1976, they set the stage for punk music with their intensely evocative stage presence. Musically they were really nothing anyone had heard before; anti-music through the use of technology, both dehumanized and mechanized. 20 Jazz Funk Greats is a mixture of melodic structures with sharp, stabbing, artless noise. The cover art is just that, a cover. The comfy charismatic smiley faces on a hillside hide their true antisocial aesthetic. Also, nowhere on this album will you find jazz or funk, and only 13 tracks rather than the stated 20. I had a chance to see them live last year at Coachella music festival and they were absolutely amazing. Highly recommend to any electronic or early punk fans looking for their roots.

9 Responses so far.

  1. Tropolist says:

    This shit resembles a power drill more than an album.

    True story: they did the cover like that because one of the band members' mom asked why they don't do anything nice.

  2. true story: on the back cover there's a dead body, showing their 'true antisocial aesthetic'

  3. First track was okay. Couldn't really get into this. Only track of theirs I've ever heard before was Slug Bait, so I was expecting some WAY more fucked up shit. That fucking song still makes me feel paranoid.

  4. Tropolist says:

    True story: The picture is taken where the most people commit suicide in Britain

  5. you have more true stories than me, damn

  6. AZ says:

    Disturbing but very good!

  7. That was so damn good! I'm in awe that this album came out in 1979. Nice. Nice. Nice.

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